I was going to buy either a Marantz or Pioneer player but after visiting my local hifi dealer i may now go for a Nikamichi player. It looked great had gold plated terminals, component out etc and according to the guy in store could flatten either of the players i was going for. It was also in a lovely silver colour which would match my Marantz amp [sort of] the guy said they had imported them in from japan [reg3] so no scarts!. This does not bother me as my present player is region 1 import so i use Svideo already. The price is £350 mybe a little more, anyone got a player of this make it seems high end kit and was sold for over £600. The main reason i want it is can [i was told] give a stunning picture and deals with blacks on rear pro sets very well, my present player struggles in this area giving a greyish digital smearing effect at times...... Help anyone!!!!